London Bridge attack: ‘No evidence’ of other involvement say police

Josh Salisbury (30 November, 2019) Crime

"It's vital that the empty ideology of terror is rejected by all of us," said top Met cop, AC Neil Basu

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Police have this afternoon said they have uncovered no evidence that anyone else was invovled in yesterday’s terror attack on London Bridge, which caused the deaths of two innocent people.

Convicted terrorist Usman Khan has been named as the man responsible for the attack shortly before 2pm.

He was tackled by heroic members of the public, before being shot dead by police.

Speaking outside Scotland Yard, the Met’s AC Neil Basu told reporters at around 4.30pm: “We have found no evidence that anyone else was involved in this attack.

“However, we’re still making extensive enquiries to make sure no-one else was involved.”

Police have carried out two searches in Staffordshire and in Stoke-on-Trent as part of their investigation, the area which Usman Khan was from.

AC Basu again appealed for anyone who was inside Fishmonger’s Hall, where the attack began, to contact police if they had not already done so.

Scotland Yard confirmed that the attacker stabbed a number of people inside, five of whom suffered injuries. Two of those have sadly lost their lives.

“Tragically two people, a man and a woman were killed during the attack,” said AC Basu.

Jack’s father paid tribute to him as a champion of the underdog (Image: Instagram)

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One of those has been named by family this afternoon as Jack Merritt, a 25-year-old University of Cambridge graduate who had been involved with organizing the Learning Together conference at Fishmonger’s Hall, which killer Usman Khan attended.

However, police could not officially confirm Mr Merritt’s identity.

“On behalf of the entire policing family, can I offer my heartfelt thoughts and condolescenes to those families of the victims, both the deceased, and those still in hospital,” he said.

“It is already clear that this cowardly act was confronted by some incredible acts of bravery both by members of the public and police officers.”

One of those who detained Khan was an off-duty British Transport Police officer.

“The actions of the public and the police were all the more remarkable as we know now the attacker was wearing what looked to be a very convincing explosive device,” said AC Basu.

It has now been established this was a dummy bomb. Cordons remain in place in the London Bridge area, and the public are being asked to avoid the area.

This article may be updated with further details…

 

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